The ecology sector includes biodiversity, mitigation and consultancy
roles e.g. Ecological Clerk of Works and advice provision also fieldwork
such as bat surveys and EIA. Ecological roles can be found in all
habitat types, from open moorland or ancient woodland to coastal and
marine settings looking at everything from natterjack toads to lichens
to the impact of a potential windfarm development.
Provision of ecological consultancy is a growing area and one in
which you can be a generalist covering whole ecosystems to specialists
looking specifically at one, usually protected, species e.g. Great
Crested Newts or bats. Developments, both large e.g. HS2 and the York
Potash Woodsmith mine, and small e.g. house extensions / barn
conversions, are being created every day many of which require site
surveys for planning applications meaning this is a field with plenty of
Occasionally there are also pure research opportunities which
sometimes can be combined with further study such as gaining your PhD.
Jobs and employment
Typical jobs include
Ecological Clerk of Works, Field Worker, Researcher, Environmental
Management Consultant, the National Careers Service has role
profiles of these and many more.
See current vacancies advertised with CJS here.
To gain the experience required volunteering is frequently a
See current volunteering opportunities advertised with CJS here.
Skills, training and CPD.
There are many different skills and qualifications required to work
in the ecology field however a degree in ecology or closely related
subject is usually required.
If you're thinking of a career in ecology there are details
of longer courses, from foundation certifications to more specialised
Masters Degrees on the
Training Directory here.
There is a range of Distance Learning courses in a range of subjects
such as statistics for ecologists, field techniques for surveying and
see these here.
Information and in depth articles
How to save a species?, Conservation Evidence
Must read article:
Interview Skills, Contract Ecology Ltd
Making the leap into self-employment, Ecology on Demand
Citizen Science: A Speedy Way to Support Wildlife and your Career?,
Wildlife Trust Trainee scheme proves valuable to the future careers of biological recorders & biodiversity alike, Lancashire Wildlife Trust
Volunteer Photographers with WWT
Must read article:
So you want to work in ecology and environmental management? CIEEM
Bat's are hibernating - we are not, Bat Conservation Trust
Why Bats Matter, published
Bat Conservation Trust
Developing biodiversity skills for the future, FSC
Working and volunteering in amphibian research, British
The Bass Rock, Scottish Seabird Centre
Studland's underwater meadows, Dorset Wildlife Trust
Whale and dolphin-watching around the UK - how you can get involved!,
Sea Watch Foundation
Steart Marshes, Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust
Do you need readily accessible evidence of the benefits of investments that improve the environment?, Natural England
The catchment wide approach to Invasive non-native species, Medway Valley Countryside Partnership
British Ecological Society
Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Managers